27. The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, by Michael Chabon et al (2004)
This graphic novel is a spin-off from Chabon's book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. That novel was about two young men writing super-hero comics, and this graphic novel purports to be a study of one of Kavalier and Clay's greatest creations - The Escapist.
The book presents a series of The Escapist adventures, interspersed with "commentary" about the history and evolution of the character, the graphic syles used, and the cultural settings for the stories.
Chabon recruits notables such as Glen David Gold and Kevin McCarthy as contributors, and they are clearly having a lot of fun with the idea. The talent involved ensures that the result is a cut above the average comic book, with good artwork and pacy plots that rely on the reader to fill in some gaps. It does, however, feel piecemeal, and doesn't really take off. A good idea that might have been better if read straight after Kavalier and Clay.